Blind Date With a Book!

For the month of February at the Brimfield Public Library, check out our surprise books wrapped in red. Read the profile on the cover and take a chance! Will your blind date be hot or not? Rate your date at the end and return it to let us know!

In Memory of Cindy Martin

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our most beloved Cindy.

Anyone who has entered the library in the last 23 years has been met by the most welcoming, charismatic, kind, beautiful woman. She made every person feel special, appreciated and important. Thought of as a friend by most who entered, not just a librarian. She had an uncanny way of connecting with people, remembering their names after just one visit, asking them about things that they had talked about previously, offering the best hugs and encouraging words at just the right time – an empath through and through. She cared for her patrons, her friends and her family with all of her heart. Cindy was the most giving of people.

She loved working at the library – it was her second home and we her second family. Those of us remaining are confused, devastated and heart broken. We will never be the same without her. The library will never be the same without her. She was an amazing person, she was a member of our family, she was the light at the desk.

Unsure if we could handle it, we did open yesterday morning. Cindy would have wanted it that way. She would have wanted us all to be together, hugging and supporting each other. She would have loved to be a part of the stories, the reminiscing, the occasional giggle through tears when we would remember something funny. We found it hard to leave at 1:00, we didn’t lock the door, we just sat. Her presence was with us. In the end, opening was the right decision for us and the community. Many people stopped in to cry, share, offer hugs. The library was and will forever be a place of community. That was one of the things that Cindy loved most about it.

Please come in this week. Join us in celebrating her. We will have red puffy eyes, we will have tears running down our faces, we will need and offer as many hugs as necessary, but we will smile, we will laugh, we will rejoice in the life of our most precious friend. We want you to do those things as well. Cindy loved to laugh, loved to be silly, loved talking to people…she loved to love. And we love her.

~ Anne, Bonnie, Joanie and Rebecca

Present Wrapping Event!

Need a space to wrap your presents away from prying eyes? Drop in from 6-8:00 p.m. on Monday December 16th and use our supplies (or bring your own) to create beautiful packages ready for giving! We will provide festive music and refreshments, wrapping paper, ribbon, scissors, and tape. Just bring your gifts to wrap and your holiday cheer! This is an adult only event.

Harvest Fest 2019 – *EVENT IS FULL!*

Join us for Harvest Fest 2019 on Thursday, October 24th from 5:30pm – 7pm. This event is geared towards children in grades Pre-K – 6th. Costumes are optional. Space is limited so call 413-245-3518 or drop by the library to sign up. Please let us know the names and ages of the children and how many adults will be attending along with them. This is a free event sponsored by the Friends of the Brimfield Public Library, Ind. Hope you can make it!

**Reminder: Overflow Parking is at the Town Hall Annex. Please do not park in the driveway of the house next door.**

Summer Origami (Teen Program)

Join us on Tuesday, July 2nd from 5:30-7:00 for a teen origami event (ages 12-16). You will be making a plant box and filling it with beautiful flowers and birds! All materials will be provided. Please call the library at 413-245-3518 to sign-up.

Pastel Painting with Greg Maichack

Pastel crayons

Award-winning pastel artist Gregory John Maichack returns to the Brimfield Public Library from 5:30 -7:30p.m. on Thursday, June 27th to present his new adult workshop entitled, “Sail Away on the Craft of Pastel Painting.” This fun pastel painting workshop is designed for patrons from beginners to experienced artists.

Participants will experiment with hundreds of the artist’s professional grade pastels, pastel pencils, and pastel paper. All materials will be provided, and everyone who attends will get to take home his/her artwork.

Maichack is an experienced professional at teaching pastel techniques, as recognized by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and hundreds of libraries and local cultural councils.

Seating is limited, so registration is required. Call 413-245-3518 to sign-up. There is no charge to attend. This event is for participants aged 15 and older.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brimfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Additional funding was also provided by the Friends of the Brimfield Public Library, Inc.

Dyer Makers Studio

Join us for: Dyer Makers Studio on Thursday, May 23rd from 5pm – 8pm
~ Be an artist for a day and create your own wearable art! (scarf)
~ Experience the design process with the art of pure color.
~ All dyes are natural and extracted without the use of harmful chemicals.
~ Pure, vivid color you can feel and wear anytime of the year.
~All materials are included in each workshop.
~Classes vary in style and are filled with fun, laughter and interesting history.

Pre-registration required– you can sign up by calling 245-3518. If we are not open when you call please leave a message with your phone number so that we may call you back to confirm your spot. Space is limited so call soon to reserve your seat.

C’mon, you know you’re “Dyeing to Wear It”!
This event is being sponsored by the Brimfield Cultural Council

Planting Story Hour

Brimfield Public Library Children's Garden

Come help us make the Children’s garden out front look beautiful for Memorial Day! On Wednesday, May 22nd from 4:15pm – 5:15pm, we will be reading a story and then getting dirty outside in the garden!! Make sure to wear play clothes. Space is limited so please call the library at 245-3518 to sign-up. Overflow parking is next door at the Annex.

Irish Glasses Paint Party

Painted Irish Glasses

Get your drinking glass ready for St. Patrick’s Day! We’ll be painting glasses on Thursday, February 28th from 6pm – 8pm. Choose from different styles of glasses: Wine, stemless, pilsner, beer mug, mason jar mug, etc. Two glasses per person. Templates provided as well as all supplies, and step by step instruction. No experience necessary. Space is limited so call today (413-245-3518) to sign-up. We are not signing anyone up via Facebook. This is an Adult Only event. There is no admission fee, but there is a suggested donation of $5 per participant to help offset costs. This event is being sponsored by the Friends of the Brimfield Public Library, Inc.

Maggie the Clown

Maggie the Clown

Join us for a Maggie the Clown Performance on Tuesday, February 19th from 4pm – 5:30pm! The performance will include: a make-up demo, a little magic and juggling, and some balloon twisting. Space is limited to 15 children…ages 3+. Please call the library at 245-3518 to sign-up. Overflow parking is available at the Town Hall Annex.